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6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

The winter months bring a bunch of exciting activities and events, but it can also do a number on your wallet. From holiday lights to keeping your home cozy during harsh weather, many Irvine families experience high energy costs. Luckily, there are steps you can take to cut back your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our experts at True Home Heating and Air Conditioning in Irvine created a list of ways you can save. Try them out and see lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Change your thermostat to lower heating output at times when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is consumed when your furnace is set above 68 degrees, so try keeping your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, and reduce the temperature to 55-65 degrees at times when you’re away at work, out of town or sleeping to achieve lower utility bills.

2. Make sure you only wash when you have full loads.

Don’t do laundry until you can run full loads. This will save you money on water heating, water usage and on heat required for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than actually needed, right? And, don’t forget: clearing out the lint trap after every load can save you up to $34 a year, according to PG&E.

3. Conduct a home energy audit.

A home energy audit can help you find the spots where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use more energy. The assessment can show you ways to save the most, including long- and short-term energy-saving possibilities.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your air ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are plenty of areas in your home that may be letting cold air seep through. Simply cover drafty windows with a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks coming through doors and windows. Contact True Home Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One of the easiest ways to receive lower utility bills is to switch out your older, less efficient holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can work for nearly 40 holiday seasons in Irvine.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need a new furnace, think about purchasing an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save significant amounts of money every year on annual heating bills versus older furnaces. Or, if you’re not quite ready for a replacement, remember to schedule a service visit for your current system. A quick tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to do its job.

For more information on how you can achieve lower utility bills this winter, give True Home Heating and Air Conditioning in Irvine a call at 949-258-7259.
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